Will Bush thank Spain for the Sacrifice?
Update: A Taliban spokesman identifying himself as Mullah Dadulá said the Taliban brought down the Spanish helicopter.
17 Spanish soldiers died in the crash of their Cougar helicopter at Shindand, south of Herāt, Afghanistan, where the Spanish contingent is based. Defense Minister José Bono does not discount any cause for the crash, including an attack. 12 of the deceased belonged to the 29th Airborne Regiment of Galicia; the other five from the El Copero regiment of Seville.
Four other Spanish soldiers were injured when a second helicopter, accompanying the first, made an "hard" landing--one was seriously hurt and three others had minor cuts and bruises. A fifth soldier fainted.
However, questions are being asked why it was necessary to fly a mission at 10 feet off the ground over a plateau in the mountains.
In addition to providing medical and security logistical support to the US ISAF team in Farah [where the two helicopters appeared to be heading--Nur], the Italian team in the city of Herat, the Lithuanian team in Changcharan (Ghor), and the Spanish Provincial Reconstruction team in Qala-i-Naw, their mission was to provide security for the upcoming 18 September elections.
Will Bush send a note of condolence to Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero? Shockingly, Bush has declared Zapatero, the head of government of a NATO partner, persona non grata in the United States. And shamefully, it is not likely that Bush will thank these men or their country for their sacrifice.
El Copero (Seville)
- Capitán David Guitar Fernández
- Brigada Juan Morales Parra
- Sargento Alfredo Francisco Jodar
- Soldado Pedro Farrado Cabeza
- Soldado José Manuel Moreno Enríquez
29th Airborne Regiment (Pontevedra)- Teniente Javier González Hernández
- Sargento José González Bernardino
- Cabo Daniel Abreu Fernández
- Soldado Diego González Blanco
- Soldado Diego Prado López
- Soldado Isaac Calvo Piñeiro
- Soldado Jesús Casal Rivera
- Soldado José Antonio Martínez parada
- Soldado Iván Vázquez Núñez
- Soldado Gonzalo de Rey Nazada
- Soldado Pedro San Martín Pereira
- Soldado Pablo Iglesias Sánchez